Where to Stay in Osaka: Hotels, Hostels and More!
Looking for a place to stay while visiting Osaka, Japan? Here are some great accommodations in Osaka with a wide range of prices and locations.
Osaka is a fantastic city with no shortage of fun things to do. But after a long day of exploring, it's important to have a good place to rest. Here are some hotels and hostels that range from lavish to budget-friendly.
1. Hotel Universal Port
The best thing about Hotel Universal Port is its proximity to Universal Studios Japan. With just a quick five minute walk out the door, you can experience all the excitement the park has to offer. This hotel is perfect if you plan on spending multiple days at the park because you can skip the hassle of transportation to and from the city center. This is important if you want to get the most out of your days at Universal Studios. Many attractions use a timed entry system, so those who enter the park earlier will be able to access more of the top attractions for a longer period of time. Also, wait times on rides can last beyond two or three hours, so it’s best to go on those rides immediately before the crowd rolls in. Believe me, you’ll want to spend as much time in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as you can. Don’t worry about waking up too early, and enjoy a nice breakfast at the hotel’s buffet. Also, there is a ticket counter in the lobby, so you don’t have to waste any time standing in line to buy tickets.
This hotel is very kid-friendly. Family rooms include fun bath sponges and soaps, and children’s pajamas and slippers are available upon request. Kids will love the giant fish tank in the lobby that makes you feel like you are inside an aquarium. If your child needs more time to pick out the perfect souvenir from the park, they can go to the hotel’s gift shop.
Adults can spend time at the hotel spa or grab a bite to eat in one of the restaurants or cafes. Or, you can just relax in one of the spacious guest rooms and have a delicious snack delivered to your door.
The Hotel Universal Port is for the amusement park enthusiasts who want to treat themselves to an extravagant stay. The price may seem expensive to some, but it will help you to get the most out of your visit to Universal Studios Japan.
Location: Just a short walk to Universal Studios Japan
2. InterContinental Hotel Osaka
If you’re looking to stay at what is perhaps the top hotel in the entire city, The InterContinental Hotel Osaka is the choice for you. Many hotels in Japan feel cramped, but the rooms at this hotel are incredibly spacious. These aren’t your average hotel rooms. Choose one of the many styles of suites and you’ll feel like you’re at home.
This hotel has just about any amenity you could possibly think of. There is a free gym and indoor pool. You can explore the city at night, or just stay in and try one of the restaurants, featuring cuisines from around the world. After dinner, check out the nightclub in the hotel. If you do manage to leave this hotel, you’re right in the middle of the action and only a short five minute walk away from JR Osaka Train Station.
The InterContinental Hotel Osaka is not for the traveler on a budget. If you are looking to have an incredible stay and you don’t mind the price, this is the hotel for you.
Location: Between Hankyu-Umeda Station and Nakatsu Station
3. Hotel MyStays Otemae
Hotel MyStays Otemae is a good option if you’re on a budget, especially if you are traveling with a large group. While this hotel is not as extravagant as one of the five star hotels, it is a great deal for the price. This hotel is very close to Osaka Castle, a must-see if you’re visiting Osaka. There are also several other shrines and sights to see in the vicinity.
There is a wide selection of rooms to choose from at Hotel MyStays Otemae. Choose an apartment style room and enjoy your kitchenette and dining area. Rooms with beds can fit up to four people and a child under the age of five can stay for free. Rooms with sleeping mats can fit up to seven people. If you’ve never had the experience of sleeping on traditional floor mats, it can be fun, like a sleepover with you and your closest friends or family. If you decide that floor sleeping is not for you, the room rates are affordable enough to get multiple rooms with beds.
This hotel is excellent for both small and large groups who are looking for peace and quiet for a budget-friendly price. With its close proximity to Osaka Castle, it’s a good location for someone who wants to experience some culture and history during their stay.
Location: Chuo Ward, Osaka
4. Hotel Brighton City
This is a beautiful place to stay in Chuo Ward if you’re interested in shopping and nightlife. The price of these rooms is mid-range but it feels like a luxurious hotel. It is about a ten minute walk away from Yodoyabashi Station. These stylish rooms feature a spacious bathroom with a full-sized shower and bathtub.
Once you stay at Hotel Brighton City you will be shocked at the deal you are getting for the price you pay. While it doesn’t have all the amenities of the top hotels, it has all the necessities. It is great for those who are on a budget, but don’t want to vacation like they are.
Location: Near Kitahama Station
5. First Cabin Midosuji
If you’re looking for a new experience in hotels, consider trying a capsule-style hotel like First Cabin Midosuji. The rooms are much smaller than your average hotel room, with only enough room for a bed and a nightstand, but they are super affordable and private. If the sound of staying in a capsule is making you feel claustrophobic, don’t worry. The rooms are small, but big enough to make you feel comfortable. If you don’t have enough space in your room for your luggage, you can store it at the front desk. You’ll have to use a shared bathroom, but capsules and bathrooms are separated by gender. Dining and vending machines are available, but this hotel is located so close to the popular Dotonbori area that you won’t have to go far to find delicious food and great shopping. It also has direct access to Namba Station, making it easy to travel anywhere in the city. But if you’re craving a snack of ramen late at night, you can buy it and other snacks at any time during the day.
First Cabin Midosuji is a great place to stay if you are planning on keeping busy during your time in Osaka. It’s perfect for backpackers or other travelers on a budget. The rooms are equipped with a small television and wireless Internet, so visitors can unwind after a long day. The location, convenience, and price of First Cabin Midosuji cannot be beat. If you’ve always wanted to try a capsule hotel, this is a great choice.
Location: Namba Station
6. Guesthouse Enn Nipponbashi
Hostels are a great option for both groups of people or individual travelers. While you sacrifice privacy and amenities by staying in a shared space, you more than make up for it in price. If you travel on a fixed budget, staying somewhere inexpensive can help you get the most of your vacation. Staying in hostels allows you to communicate with other travelers, and it can be a good way to make new friends.
Guesthouse Enn Nipponbashi has six-bed rooms split into male and female only rooms. The rooms and shared spaces are very clean and look brand new. Lockers and laundry are available if you’re planning on staying for a while. If you want to save even more cash, prepare your own meals in the full kitchen. Located in the center of the city, it is easy to find things to do. Even though many sights are within walking distance, Guesthouse Enn Nipponbashi provides bike rentals. Make sure to see the shopping and restaurants in the Dotonburi area and spend time under the glow of the neon lights. You’ll never want to leave, and at these prices, you’ll never have to.
Location: Chuo Ward
7. Drop Inn Osaka
Drop Inn Osaka is a hostel that provides different room options. This hostel is humongous and excellent for traveling with large groups of people. This building has five floors and can house nearly a hundred guests, perfect for meeting new friends and travel companions. If you want to have a private room for you and your friends, up to five people can stay in a room with floor mats. If you prefer a bed, choose a bunk in a large, male and female separated room. Similar to a capsule bed, you can draw the curtain by your head for complete privacy from other guests. There are plenty of shared bathrooms, so you never have to wait too long in line. This particular hostel doesn’t supply breakfast, but with a shared kitchen and a fully-stocked convenience store on every corner, it’s easy to make your own breakfast. Go ahead and enjoy some tea or coffee, courtesy of the hostel. If you aren’t sure what exactly to do during your stay in Osaka, go to the front desk and get a free map and ask the helpful staff for ideas or let them set up a tour for you.
Location: Near Fukushima Station
Whether you are staying for a few days or a few weeks, there is no shortage of great places to stay in Osaka. Spend a little or a lot, but enjoy your time in this amazing city.
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